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RIO DE JANEIRO -- As she wobbled along on a flat tire four years ago in London, Gwen Jorgensen promised to turn that heartbreak at Hyde Park into a conquering of Copacabana Beach at the Rio Games. Nike Tns Sale .She crushed both the course and the competition Saturday, giving the U.S. its first Olympic triathlon gold medal by cruising across the finish line in 1 hour, 56 minutes, 16 seconds.That was 40 seconds ahead of silver medalist Nicola Spirig of Switzerland, who won gold at the 2012 Games after Jorgensens flat tire relegated her to a 38th-place finish.Vicky Holland outsprinted British teammate Non Stanford for the bronze.Jorgensen and Spirig were even until Jorgensen made her move with 2 kilometers left in the 10K final leg that followed a steep, 38.5K bike ride and a one-loop ocean swim.As she approached the blue carpet, Jorgensen turned to look for Spirig, who wasnt even in view around the bend.Her goal within her grasp, Jorgensen lifted her sunglasses to her head and that look of dogged determination shed had since London dissolved into a smile.After crossing the finish line, she reached down and grabbed the green, gold and blue ribbon and held it high above her head in triumph before breaking down in tears.She said she was thinking of all the sacrifices, not just hers, but those of coach Jamie Turner and her husband, Patrick Lemieux, who abandoned his pro cycling career to serve as her operations manager .Ive been pretty vocal about my goal for the past four years. After London, I said I wanted to go to Rio and I wanted to win gold, Jorgensen said. And for anyone thats been around me, they know how much my husband Patrick has invested. Hes given up his career to support me. And then I also have Jamie Turner, who Ive been on this four-year journey with and hes done so much for me.Just thinking about all the investments theyve put into me and thinking about the four years, it all came down to one day, Jorgensen said. And to be able to actually execute on that day is pretty amazing.Jorgensen didnt just fulfill her pledge she made four years ago but she checked off a bucket list box shed long ago erased when she realized she was too slow in the pool to ever be an Olympian.After an All-American track career at the University of Wisconsin, where she also was on the swim team for three years, Jorgensen settled into her first job as an accountant for Ernst & Young in Milwaukee in 2010.One day, the phone rang. It was Barb Lindquist, who was running USA Triathlons college recruitment program. She suggested Jorgensen would be perfect for the sport that combines swimming, cycling and running.Jorgensen didnt even realize triathlon had been added to the Olympic program a decade earlier.She agreed to give triathlon a try and quickly realized she was indeed a natural.She took it up fulltime and has emerged as the best female in the world, collecting 17 career wins in the World Triathlon Series and winning back-to-back ITU world championships before cutting back this year in the lead-up to Rio.On the course where she also won the Olympic qualifying race a year ago, Jorgensen used her superior hill climbing skills to make up a 12-second deficit coming out of the water, surpassing almost all of the 22 racers whod been faster getting ashore in choppy water.By the time she dismounted she was just two seconds behind leader Lisa Norden of Sweden and immediately broke away with Spirig, setting the pace.They took turns drafting until the final 2 kilometers, when they exchanged words and Jorgensen took off.Nicola and I were playing some games, neither of us wanted to lead in the headwind, so it made it exciting for fans, Jorgensen said.Gracious in defeat, Spirig, the only female triathlete with multiple Olympic gold medals, congratulated Jorgensen for not flinching.I tried to tire her out on the bike. I tried to stick with her on the run, Spirig said. I did everything right and she still won, so she definitely deserves the gold.Just 30, Jorgensen would be the favorite in Tokyo in 2020, too.Ive had a four-year plan and Im definitely a planner, Jorgensen said. But I have zero plans for Aug. 21st, so wait and find out.---AP Summer Games website: summergames.ap.org---AP Sports Writer Dave Skretta contributed. Follow AP Sports Writer Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: twitter.com/arniestapleton Nike Air Max Plus Tn Ultra Burgundy . On June 12, just as the sun sets on the magnificent historical city of Sao Paulo the inventors, innovators and purveyors of “joga bonitowill” open their campaign. The opponent, Croatia and all its football might and will. As opposites do attract we are set for a corker of an opener. Air Max Tn Ultra Plus For Sale . Philadelphia is 2-0 against the Senators this season and scored five goals in each victory. The Flyers recorded a 5-0 win in Ottawa on Nov. 12 and then earned a 5-2 home decision on Nov. 19. The Flyers have claimed three straight and four of the last five encounters with the Sens overall and Philly has won two in a row and three of its past four tests in Canadas capital city. www.niketnultraplus.com/ . The No. 1-ranked Nadal tweaked his back warming up for the Australian Open final, which he lost almost four weeks ago in a major upset against Stanislas Wawrinka. His first stop after the layoff is the clay in Rio as he tests the back and tries to stay healthy for the French Open in three months. BOSTON -- The Detroit Pistons relaxed attitude is finally paying off with some road wins.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 25 points and Tobias Harris had 21 to lead balanced scoring that carried the Pistons to a 121-114 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.Andre Drummond added 20 points and 17 rebounds, one night after he was ejected in the second quarter of a victory at Charlotte for a flagrant-2 foul.Marcus Morris had 20 points and Ish Smith 19 for the Pistons, who had lost eight of their first nine road games before winning away from home on consecutive nights.Were having fun, Drummond said. The more we play like that the better the season is going to be.The Pistons beat the Hornets by 23 points a night earlier.Coming in with the problems weve had on the road, to play the way weve played the last two nights against two teams that are over .500 and have good personnel, to be on a back-to-back is a heck of a win, Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy said.Isaiah Thomas paced the Celtics with 27 points, and Kelly Olynyk scored a season-high 19. Boston had won five of seven.Its disappointing, but like I said, they were making shots, man, Celtics guard Avery Bradley said. Hats off to those guys. They played well. Their starters played very well. (Weve) just got to move on to the next game.The Pistons shot 55.2 percent. Boston finished at 44 percent, going 15 of 42 on 3-point attempts.They made shots, Olynyk said. They made shots when they needed to make shots. They made them four quarters in a row.Detroit used a 9-0 spree midway through the fourth quarter to open a 103-95 edge with 5:08 to play after Boston went on an 11-0 run to take its first lead since early in the opening period. Morris and Harris each hit a 3-pointer during the Pistons spurt.Detroit pushed its lead to 112-101 on Smiths basket before BBoston closed within four points in the final 30 seconds. Nike Air Max Tn For Sale. .The Pistons were shooting better than 55 percent midway through the third quarter and opened their biggest lead of the game, 90-80, on Jon Leuers dunk.Boston center Al Horford returned after missing Mondays win at Miami due to the birth of his second child. He scored nine points.TIP-INSPistons: Van Gundy said G Reggie Bullock hasnt gotten an appointment yet for a second opinion on the torn meniscus in his left knee.Celtics: Coach Brad Stevens said there was no longer a limit on F Jae Crowders minutes in his sixth game back from a sprained left ankle. ... G Marcus Smart went down to the floor hard early in the fourth, but walked slowly to the bench during a stoppage.SIMPLE FORMULAThe Pistons outrebounded Boston 52-33 and had a 13-9 edge on the offensive glass.Thats been a key for us, Van Gundy said. When weve rebounded the ball well, weve won. When we havent, we havent won.GET BETTERThe Pistons reached the .500 mark (10-10), but Smith said they can play a lot better.Its not bad. Weve got so much room for improvement, he said. Weve been a really good home team, defensively at home. We can get so much better.LOOKING GOODOlynyk shot the ball well despite having a cut on his right elbow that he sustained Monday in Miami. He had it wrapped and went 7 for 9 from the floor.Its good, Olynyk said. Obviously tender.UP NEXTPistons: At Atlanta on Friday in the finale of a three-game road trip before they return home for two straight.Celtics: Host Sacramento on Friday before they head on the road for three in a row. 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